Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Best of 2007, Part VI

No need to slow down now. We continue with Part VI mC staff member Best (and/or Worst) Lists of 2007 (Parts I; II; III; IV; V) from Dave, a.k.a Champ:

Top 5 Campaign Trail Foot-In-Mouthers of 2007

Number 5-

Last week, Bill Shaheen, a top adviser for Hillary Clinton, implied that Barack Obama would be a risky nominee for President. He stated that Republicans will attack his teenage experimentation with drugs, and will cross-examine him in the limelight with questions about what he used, if he sold it, and if he was a pimp.

Okay, not the last part, but he basically implied that Obama was a bad nominee because Republicans are going to make us see a whiff of crack smoke come out every time he opens his mouth.

Clinton distanced herself from the comments and the adviser "left" the campaign.

Number 4-

Every time Hillary Clinton tries to say something self-righteous.

See above for the example of Clinton's adviser who commented about Obama's past drug use; Clinton claimed his comment was "inappropriate".

Or maybe how every time she sees a microphone, she is overtaken by her obsession with poll numbers and blathers out the same preaching-to-the-choir-crap about how the President has done such a bad job in Iraq. Thanks, Hillary, for the update.

Why doesn't someone criticize the fact that she voted to put him in charge of it?

Number 3-

At a campaign event in South Carolina, a supporter asks John McCain, "How do we beat the bitch?"

McCain responds by turning away, ostensibly to hide laughter, and comes back with, "May I give the translation?…That's an excellent question."

Hey, it's not a political response, so you've got to admire his honesty, as I always have, but it's not too tactful either.

Number 2-

Early this year, on Rudy Giuliani's radio call-in show, a pet owner calls to complain about New York City's ban on ferrets. The caller is then berated by Giuliani for "his obsessive concern with little weasels". Giuliani rants on, demeaning the man on the public air waves, appointing himself the ferret fan's psychiatrist.

The broadcast is digitized and streamed virally across the web, helping millions get an easy laugh at the expense of Giuliani's presidential berth.

Hear for yourself:

Number 1-

Giuliani outdoes himself in August by getting defensive about his treatment of the emergency response personnel of 9/11.

"I was at Ground Zero as often, if not more, than most workers.... I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I'm one of them."

A week after he made this statement, The New York Times published an article detailing Giuliani's hours at Ground Zero, totaling them to 29 over three months. Some recovery workers spent this much time at Ground Zero in the first two to three days.

Giuliani's statement was made in response to growing criticism from recovery workers and their families that paint a picture of him as a leader who turned his back on the very rescue workers that made his Churchillian stature at Ground Zero possible.

Giuliani was criticized for capping the city's liability for insuring 9/11 rescue workers and also for failing to see that walkie talkies which were deemed ineffective during the first Trade Center bombings in 1993 were not replaced.

It is widely claimed that the nearly 350 firefighters that died in the Towers were not able to hear the call for evacuation over radios that the city knew, before the attacks, were faulty.

"The disrespect that he exhibited to our 343 fallen FDNY brothers, their families and our New York City IAFF leadership in the wake of that tragic day has not been forgiven or forgotten."
- Firefighters Union Letter On Rudy Giuliani

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